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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's relative gunned down in Peshawar

    A relative and former secretary of Afghanistan’s ex-prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was gunned down in Tajabad area of Pishtakhara in the early hours of Tuesday.
    Police said unidentified attackers opened fire on Haji Fareed while he was coming out of a mosque. As a result, Fareed died on the spot.
    Haji Fareed had served as secretary of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. He had recently returned from Afghanistan.
    Hailing from Kunduz, Fareed was based in Peshawar for the past decade with his family.A senior member of the Hezb-i-Islami group in Afghanistan was shot dead in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, members of the group and police confirmed.
    Haji Faird, the former spokesperson of Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, was killed on Tuesday by unknown gunmen as he existed a mosque near his residence in the Tajabad suburb of Peshawar.
    "He had just finished his fajr (morning) prayers and was leaving when two gunmen on their motorcycle fired shots at him that killed him on spot," Peshawar police spokesperson told Al Jazeera.
    "We will conduct a post mortem and have launched an investigation in to the murder incident."
    Originally from Kunduz, Farid was based in Peshawar for the past decade with his family and actively supported Hekmatyar's return to Kabul in early May.
    He was a family relative of Hekmatyar, who he served during the Afghan civil war in the 1990s where the former controversial leader stands accused of firing thousands of rockets into Kabul.
    "We condemn the attack on Haji Farid and are deeply saddened by the news," Haroon Zakhailwal, a member of Hezb-i-Islami, told Al Jazeera.

    Hekmatyar's return

    Hekmatyar's arrival in the capital early May came after his largely dormant group signed a peace deal with President Ashraf Ghani's government in September.
    Following the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan and fall of the Taliban, the US State Department designated him a "terrorist", accusing him of taking part in and supporting attacks by al-Qaeda and the Taliban. 
    But his Hezb-i-Islami armed group has been largely inactive in recent years, with its last big attack in Afghanistan, which killed 15 people - including five Americans - in 2013.
    In February, the UN Security Council lifted sanctions on him, which paved the way for his return to Afghanistan.
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